The S.C. Department of Natural Resources once again will conduct hunts to remove nuisance feral hogs from coastal North Island.
Three hunts with dogs spanning three days each have been scheduled. The dates are Feb. 13-15, Feb. 20-22 and Feb. 27-March 1.
“These wild hogs have continued to multiply on the island, causing destruction to the landscape and native plants, plus jeopardizing the nesting success of endangered sea turtles and ground-nesting birds along the beaches,” said James Dozier, a wildlife biologist with the natural resources agency.
The department annually attempts to eliminate the hogs through hunting on the barrier island, part of the Yawkey Wildlife Center.
Only North Island will be open for hog hunting. It covers 1,410 acres of uplands and 1,703 acres of marsh. It is accessible only by boat via Winyah Bay southeast of Georgetown.
The nearby Georgetown Jetties are well known as an excellent location for catching fish, especially sheepshead. The island’s North Inlet also is a favored fishing spot.
Hunters interested in participating can get more information by phoning the Yawkey Center at 843-546-6814. Observer News Services
Heavy storm doesn’t deter catfish anglers
Rough weather marked the Catawba Catfish Club’s tournament on Lake Wylie, which drew a record number of entrants last Saturday.
Despite the stormy conditions, 67 anglers participated, fishing from 27 boats.
Team Total Chaos, the trio of Chad Catledge, Pappy Love and Travis Honeycutt, endured the wild weather to catch a tourney limit of three catfish weighing 60.4 pounds. Their victory was worth $670.
The foursome of Phil Rollins, Scott Edwards, Wess Rollings and Mike Thomas finished second with 58.35 pounds.
Next on the club’s monthly tournament schedule is Fishing Creek Reservoir near Great Falls, S.C., where competition is set Feb. 15. Information: Omar Edwards, email@example.com. Tom Higgins
Catches of the week
• An “inshore grand slam,” of speckled trout, flounder and red drum during the same day, the first reported in the Carolinas this year, by Shane Brett. He was fishing near Ocean Isle.
• Ten speckled trout measuring 16 to 20 inches by Trask Cunningham while fishing around bridges spanning the Intracoastal Waterway near Sunset Beach. He was casting a DOA shrimp lure.
• Thirty large blackfin tuna, including a 36-pounder, by a party fishing off Hatteras Village from the Big Tahuna with skipper Kenny Koci.
• Several very large grouper off Ocean Isle by Barrett McMullan and Chris Burrows.
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